Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder battled to a majority draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
In a classic battle of the two big heavyweights, many scored the fight for Tyson Fury even though he got knocked down twice in round nine and twelve. The judges gave Wilder the nod 115-111 on one card, Fury 114-110 on another and the third scoring the fight 113-113.
The British star returned to the ring earlier this year in June after nearly remaining at the sidelines for two and a half years. During that time he was at the lowest a man can ever be. He was addicted to coke and had ballooned up to 400 pounds and had suicidal tendencies and it affected his mental health.
Tyson Fury was present at the BBC sports personality award show and said that his epic bout with Deontay Wilder is proof that anything is possible as he urged people to “keep going forward” and to “fight back” in life.
He said: “I should be WBC heavyweight champion of the world and everybody knows it.
“Many men would have stayed down after getting knocked down heavily by Deontay Wilder. I wanted to show the world that anything was possible.
“And no matter what you’ve been through in your life and no matter what you are going through, you must always, always get up and keep going forward and fight back.
"I wanted to show the world that anything was possible."
You did exactly that, @Tyson_Fury.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 16, 2018
“We need to spread the word on mental health more in the sport. There are a lot of people living in darkness and are too afraid and come out and speak about it in public.
“But if I can do it, anybody can do it, a big heavyweight champion, I’m supposed to be a tough guy.
“I don’t want to talk about boxing. I’m going to enjoy Christmas with my family. Merry Christmas everyone and I will see you in the New Year.”
Tyson Fury now wants to challenge Deontay Wilder for a rematch in the United Kingdom and has listed Old Trafford as the potential venue.